“The Last of Us” (HBO)
Release Date: Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET
Creators/Writers: Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker
What’s It About? Based on the Playstation games of the same name, “The Last of Us” follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they make their way across a post-apocalyptic America filled with desperate survivors and zombie-like monsters. But what may become a father/daughter dynamic starts off as strictly business: Ellie has been infected with the same virus that turns others into mutant killers, but she remains her 14-year-old self. Joel has been hired to smuggle her out of a quarantine zone, in the hopes that scientists out west can study her DNA to help find a cure for everyone else. Neil Druckmann, who wrote and directed the acclaimed video games, is onboard as writer and executive producer, alongside series co-creator Craig Mazin, who last hit it big with the “Chernobyl” limited series. Add in cast members Murray Bartlett, Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, and Melanie Lynskey, and “The Last of Us” is primed to be HBO’s next great adventure series.